Thursday, September 20, 2018

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Editorial: Immigrants help to make America great
On board the USS Midway, 49 service members and dependents from 19 countries were sworn in as new U.S. citizens on July 3, 2018. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS) 1240295
The heated debate on immigration could benefit from some more facts, which the U.S. Census has helpfully provided. And the facts show that rather than building walls, the United States would do far better to keep opening doors to legal immigrants. The...
Associated Press
Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle, N.C., on Thursday.
Editorial: Focus on Hurricane Florence, not defending poor response in Puerto Rico
Associated Press
Gov. Rick Scott says he has started the process to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court as he heads out the door. But to his credit, the governor indicated his \u201Cexpectation\u2019\u2019 is that he and the incoming governor will agree on the appointments and that he won\u2019t appoint anyone until his successor has interviewed them.
Editorial: Scott sends positive signal on Supreme Court appointments
New York Times
One cause of tension between the countries stems from American diplomats at the U.S. embassy in Havana complaining of hearing loss, concussion-like symptoms and other ailments. Though the cause of that episode remains unexplained, experts are examining whether microwave strikes were weaponized to harm dozens of U.S. diplomats and their family members.
Editorial: Stalled U.S.-Cuba relations hurting Florida business

Top Editorials

How to beat Florida’s drug addiction

How to beat Florida’s drug addiction

Drug overdoses killed 72,000 Americans last year, more than died in Vietnam (58,220) or from guns (38,658 in 2016) or car crashes (40,100 in 2017). And the crisis is far worse in Florida than the nation, as fatal overdoses spiked 47 percent from 2015...
Published: 08/17/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Column: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on other amendments

Column: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on other amendments

While the candidates for governor, U.S. senator and other public offices are clamoring for support, Florida voters must devote full attention to twelve — 12! — proposed amendments to our state constitution that are also on the ballot.The U.S. Constit...
Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Editorial: Banks should not shut down campaign accounts for marijuana ties

Editorial: Banks should not shut down campaign accounts for marijuana ties

Two banks have taken the retaliatory step of closing down the campaign account of a statewide candidate because she received contributions from the medical marijuana industry. Nikki Fried, the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner, has been...
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Ruth: Florida Supreme Court insisted on clarity in removing Amendment 8

Ruth: Florida Supreme Court insisted on clarity in removing Amendment 8

To paraphrase the immortal words of Ronald Reagan, there they go again — activist judges getting all huffy and interfering in a perfectly lovely conspiracy to scam the public.We recently observed the hard work of the Constitution Revision Commission,...
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 09/13/18
Editorial: Florida Supreme Court wisely kills misleading charter school amendment

Editorial: Florida Supreme Court wisely kills misleading charter school amendment

Voters should know what they’re voting on, which is why the Florida Supreme Court was entirely correct to strike the deviously worded Amendment 8 from the Nov. 6 ballot. The amendment would have significantly expanded charter schools in Florida by le...
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 09/11/18

Editorials

25th Amendment never invoked to remove a president

25th Amendment never invoked to remove a president

The anonymous op-ed in the New York Times said that senior staff officials have considered invoking the 25th Amendment to have President Donald Trump declared incapable of performing the duties of office. This would be unprecedented in American histo...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18
A court transformed

A court transformed

So it’s all over but the voting. I’m writing this column on the assumption that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will soon be Justice Kavanaugh, despite the Democrats’ continuing efforts to convert a futile battle over ideology into an ugly one over transparenc...
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/14/18
‘Where have you gone, Bob Woodward?’

‘Where have you gone, Bob Woodward?’

e_SSLqWhere have you gone, Bob Woodward? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."I asked that question in January, repurposing a Paul Simon lyric to implore the dean of American political reporters to help us make sense of the mess that is the Trump...
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Column: Legacies of a financial crisis

WASHINGTON Ten years after the 2008-09 financial crisis, we’re swamped with studies and reminiscences. What are the legacies of the crisis? How long will they endure? Are they accurate — or just convenient scapegoats? Here are three takeaways.1. We c...
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Lessons from Moonves’ ouster

Lessons from Moonves’ ouster

If the swift departure of CBS Chairman Les Moonves has a bright side, it’s that a major television network took accusations of sexual harassment against its chief executive seriously enough to hold him accountable and obtain his resignation even at t...
Published: 09/11/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Tampa Bay’s home prices are more affordable than Orlando and Miami

Tampa Bay’s home prices are more affordable than Orlando and Miami

How affordable is Tampa Bay? One test is whether someone earning the median income can afford the median priced home.By that measure, we’re doing well, better than Florida’s two other major metro areas — Orlando and Miami.A Tampa Bay buyer would need...
Published: 09/03/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Selected readings from the left and from the right

We live in a partisan age, and our news habits can reinforce our own perspectives. Consider this an effort to broaden our collective outlook with essays beyond the range of our typical selections.FROM THE LEFTFrom "Susan Collins’ Reputation As A Mode...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18
If you live in this Florida county, your earnings go further

If you live in this Florida county, your earnings go further

We should all be lucky enough to live in St. Johns County.Not for its cool beach towns or world-class golf. Not even for easy access to venerable St. Augustine.No, we should go for the money.For the fourth consecutive year, St. Johns residents ranked...
Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Fueled by more people, Florida’s economic prospects look good over next 30 years

Fueled by more people, Florida’s economic prospects look good over next 30 years

Florida’s economy should be in good shape 30 years from now. There will be bumps, including four to five recessions, if history is a guide. And not everyone will get an equal share of the prosperity. But thanks largely to a steadily growing populatio...
Published: 09/14/18
Editorial: Tampa council has another chance to show it takes Stovall House changes seriously

Editorial: Tampa council has another chance to show it takes Stovall House changes seriously

The Tampa City Council has yet to hear a compelling reason to allow a private social club in a residential neighborhood off Bayshore Boulevard, and a final meeting on the matter scheduled for Thursday offers the council a chance to show the diligence...
Published: 09/14/18
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